It is in keeping with our embrace of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that we are accelerating our drive to help materialize sustainability for societies around the world. Helping to resolve social issues through business is vital to corporate prosperity, and companies that fail to help bring SDGs to fruition can never survive. With this awareness, the Ricoh Group is endeavoring to enhance our businesses and management from financial and ESG’s (Environmental, Social and Governance) perspectives.
We have specified five issues of materiality — key social challenges — for attaining SDGs through our operations. We hope to become essential to each and every stakeholder, such as customers, business partners and investors, by contributing to better tomorrows in the communities around the globe that we are privileged to serve.
The RICOH Eco Business Development Center is built on the site of the previous Ricoh Gotemba Plant, which was originally established in 1985 to produce mainly photocopiers and printers. It was out of operation from 2013 until it was renovated into a center for the development of eco-related business.
We have long been working tirelessly under the concept of sustainable environmental management, whereby environmental preservation is pursued simultaneously with profit making. We have further refined this concept to pursue "sustainable environmental management that evolves together with our customers and business partners." In addition to routinely offering eco-friendly products, we will also focus on eco business across an expansive area extending beyond conventional business domains, working together with our customers, business partners, investors, and various parties in the local community.
The RICOH Eco Business Development Center will play a leading role in addressing the five material issues, focusing particularly on Zero-carbon Society and Circular Economy, thereby helping the Ricoh Group to attain the SDGs. We look forward to welcoming you at the Center and appreciate your kind support and cooperation in helping us to create new eco business through open innovation under joint collaboration among industry, public institution and academia.